Obama White House spokesman has no sympathy for Spicer

Former White House press secretary, Josh Earnest, said he does not have much sympathy for current press secretary, Sean Spicer.
By Jason Spencer | Apr 24, 2017
Former White House press secretary, Josh Earnest, said he does not have much sympathy for current press secretary, Sean Spicer.

Earnest, who served as press secretary under former U.S. President Barack Obama, spoke on Sunday at George Washington University to CNN reporter, Dana Bash. According to Earnest, Spicer knew what he was getting into when he agreed to be the press secretary for President Trump.

"Sean's not the victim of a bait and switch. It's not like he met President Trump on his first day," explained Earnest. "It's not as if Sean met President Trump on Sean's first day of the White House. Sean worked for the Trump campaign and the [Republican National Committee] and the transition."

Earnest expressed his gratitude at having been part of a cohesive and supportive team in the Obama administration. He said he did feel bad that Spicer was not getting the same support from the Trump administration at times.

"There have been number of times where Sean has been the center of some firestorm where within 24 hours there are anonymous White House officials criticizing him," said Earnest. "The job of being the White House press secretary is hard enough without having people that are supposed to be on your team criticizing you and undermining you in public."

When asked to give advice to Spicer, Earnest suggested maintaining the honesty and transparency of the post. He said that Spicer had been designated to share with the American people the true feelings of the presidential administration.

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